After landing, the plane carrying the vaccine is guided to its berth.
Employees at Tan Son Nhat Airport prepare to receive the vaccines while wearing protective suits.
The first vaccine batch leaves the plane.
A VNVC representative said the batch is part of an agreement last November with AstraZeneca.
Vaccine containers are loaded onto special vehicles at the airport. They would be transported to VNVC cold storage units kept at between two to eight degrees Celsius.
Containers are disinfected to prevent possible contamination and infection.
An airport worker inspects the containers before transportation.
Around 30 million Covid-19 vaccine doses would be provided to Vietnam within the first half of this year according to the health ministry.
Through Covax, a global mechanism for developing, manufacturing and procuring Covid-19 vaccines and supply for member countries, Vietnam would receive an additional 4.9 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine within the first half of this year as well as 33 million more in the third quarter.
A container is transported to cold storage.
VNVC is the first Vietnamese firm to possess Covid-19 vaccines and the only firm chosen by AstraZeneca to distribute the vaccine in large numbers across Vietnam. In January, VNVC was approved by the Health Ministry to import, export and store vaccines and other biological products at low temperature. Currently, three ultra-cold storage units (kept at minus 86 degrees Celsius) are operated by VNVC in Hanoi, HCMC and Da Nang, capable of storing three million Covid-19 vaccine doses at once.
By 2:10 p.m., 10 vaccine containers had successfully entered cold storage in Phu Nhuan District.
The AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, named ChAdOx, has an efficacy rate of between 62-90 percent. While lower than other Covid-19 vaccines produced by Moderna and Pfizer, the AstraZeneca vaccine is cheaper and easier to transport and store.
Vietnam has recorded 2,403 Covid-19 cases so far, with 604 still active.